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2016 Unsung Heroine Award Call for Nominations

SPONSORED BY THE COOK COUNTY COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S ISSUES

SELECTION PROCESS

In recognition of Women's History Month each year, the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues presents the Unsung Heroine Award to 18 women from across Cook County. The awards ceremony takes place at an event held in mid-March. The selection of these heroines is organized on a district basis to ensure that women from each area of the County are recognized for their contributions to their communities. The members of the Commission on Women's Issues seek community input for the identification of nominees for this award by forming a selection committee. The selection committee from each district is charged with collecting nominations and selecting an awardee.

Recipients of the Unsung Heroine Award must be residents of the County Board district from which they are nominated. They should be women who, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, have made significant contributions to their community for which they have not received widespread recognition. Elected officials are not eligible for consideration.

NOMINATION FORM BELOW

2016 Award Application Deadline: January 14, 2016

The 6th County Board District includes some or all of : Alsip, Bridgeview, Calumet City, Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Flossmoor, Glenwood, Hickory Hills, Homewood, Lansing, Lynwood, Matteson, Midlothian, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Park Forest, Richton Park, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Summit, Thornton, Tinley Park, University Park and Worth. 

Nominations for Unsung Heroines who live in Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy’s 6th Cook County District should be sent to:
E-mail submission strongly preferred:Mail nominations to Jsmall@govst.edu or fax: 708-534-8959

Unsung Heroine 2016 Form

 

 

OLHMS Students Show They Care

Community Events

In early December, Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School students, consisting of the Student Council and students from the National Junior Honor Society, gathered after school to help make and donate fleece blankets for the Comfort Care Project.

Under the direction of District 123 graduate, Jenn Gavrilos, an Occupational Therapist at Loyola University Medical Center, our students, teachers, and Principal, gathered to help make and donate these fleece blankets for patients at Loyola Hospital. There is heartfelt appreciation and love expressed by the patients that received these blankets in the past years.

Walking around, one student had said, “Every knot we tie, is filled and tied with love.”

Loyola is making good on the promise to help treat the human spirit. These blankets show the patients of Loyola Medical Center that people care, as do the students of OLHMS.
The students took fleece fabric and cut short slits on all 4 sides of the material in order to tie the knots all around the blankets. It was a great opportunity to bring students together and to be able to make something so comforting for someone in need.

Not only did the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle school’s students make these blankets wholeheartedly, but they also had a discussion with our Principal. In the meeting, the students and principal discussed charities the school should associate themselves with. Looking at the school calendar the time allowed us to support 7 charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, the Food Drive, the Giving Tree, Donations for Veterans, and lastly to raising awareness about medical issues that affect students at OLHMS.

The specific charitable donation for student and veteran health concerns will be rotated based on student input. Incentives will be built in to these spirit days to help increase student participation. We also discussed ways to educate and spread awareness for further participation. One student had said that, “Helping out and raising money for a great cause was a prize within itself.”

With the meeting coming to a conclusion, the principal, student council, and NJHS students recognized that there was many more ideas that they needed to finalize, so they decided that they would meet again, to continue to discuss how OLHMS can continue to support different charities.

Contributed by 8th grade students: Isabelle G & Juliana F

 

PICTURED:  Students from OLHMS Student Council and NJHS gather together to make and donate fleece blankets to patients at Loyola Medical Center, "...Every knot we tie, is filled and tied with love.”

 

Oak Lawn Public Library:

Souper Bowl

What:  Join Library staff and bring in donations for canned goods during our “Souper Bowl” food drive.  Encourage your family, friends and neighbors to drop off soup and canned items (as well as other food (donations) in the Library’s lobby. The goal is 500 items to restock the shelves of the local food pantries following the holiday season.

When:  Saturday, Jan. 2 through "Super Bowl L" on Sunday, Feb. 7

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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 Downton Tea Party

What:  The season premiere of "Downton Abbey" is Sunday, Jan. 3, and the Library is celebrating with a tea party that day from 2-4pm! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of drinking tea and talking about your favorite Downton characters, costumes, episodes and much more. We’ll also show video clips, play games and have some fun photo opportunities. Dress up in your favorite Downton style for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Driehaus Museum’s "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" exhibit!

When:  Sunday, Jan. 3 from 2-4pm 

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Star Wars:  The Party Awakens (all ages) 

What:  Force yourself awake, wield your lightsaber and bring your little Padawan for this all ages celebration of a galaxy far, far away on. Make a BB-8, practice Jedi skills and more. Registration not required.  

When:  Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10am- Noon

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Sunday with Friends Concert Series - Evolution of Classical Piano Styles

What:  Join pianist Mark Valenti for an afternoon of beautiful music and a journey of the evolution of piano styles throughout time. 

When:  Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Color Yourself Calm: Coloring for Adults

What:  Coloring isn’t just for kids; it’s also a soothing, engaging activity for adults. Color your stress away with a relaxing evening of coloring and conversation. Supplies and coloring books for adults will be provided. Please bring your own pencils or coloring crayons, if you wish. Must be 18 and over.  

When:  Monday, Jan. 11 at 7pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Achievement Unlocked: Goal Setting for the New Year

What:  Whether it’s tackling your to-read pile, getting an A in chemistry or sending out college applications, our community expert will give you the cheat codes to level up and get it all done. 

When: Monday, Jan. 11 from 7-8:30pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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Mini Health Fair

What:  The Oak Lawn Community Partnership will hold a Mini Health Fair at the Oak Lawn Public Library in the lower level meeting rooms. Free blood pressure screenings, hearing tests (limit 15), glaucoma tests, knee screening (limit 8), and balance screenings will be offered on this day.

When:  Wednesday, Jan 13 from 10am-Noon

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue, 708-422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake Party

What:  Put on your party hat because Pig is ready to party!  Dance, create and listen to stories. Pig will be here to help us celebrate so bring your camera, smile and say, “Pancakes!”  Registration not required.

When:  Sunday, Jan. 17 from 2-3pm

Where: Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Avenue (708) 422-4990, www.olpl.org.  

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StoryWalk®:  "There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow" by Lucille Colandro

What:  Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Public Library are teaming up to offer StoryWalk®, a nationally recognized program to encourage literacy and promote physical activity. StoryWalk® transforms the pages of a children’s storybook into signs placed sequentially along the walking trail at Lake Shore Park. StoryWalk® will be offered year-round and different children’s stories will be featured seasonally. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Head over to Lakeshore Park, check out the new book, play games, make a craft and enjoy the outdoors. Meet at Lakeshore Park. Please dress appropriately for winter weather. 

When:  Monday, Jan. 18 from 2-3pm

Where: Lake Shore Park, 9610 E. Shore Drive.

 

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